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OUR TAKE: NC State’s 2019 Kay Yow Spring Game Rundown

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There was no Ryan Finley in Red or White today in the 2019 Kay Yow Spring Game, but there were 3 quarterbacks battling to be the one that fills his shoes come the Fall.

Redshirt Sophomore Matt McKay, Redshirt Freshman Devin Leary, and Redshirt Sophomore Bailey Hockman all got their reps.

To the shock of no one, McKay got the nod out of the gate. He has been with the program longer than anyone else, and enters this QB competition with an edge due to his experience. While he started off a little choppy, McKay finished strong. He completed 14 of his 24 pass attempts for 182 yards and a touchdown (14-yarder to Cary Angeline), and rushed for 28 yards and a touchdown. McKay was the most consistent and the most composed.

Leary flashed his potential today. He has a canon for an arm. Leary was 12 of 23 for 104 yards, with a touchdown (3-yarder to Thayer Thomas) and an interception (Brock Miller).

Hockman also flashed his ability make plays, and showed he could be effective throwing on the run. He finished the game completing 12 of 23 for 134 yards and a touchdown (61-yarder to Max Fisher).

Even though the biggest question surrounding this team is who the signal caller will be, the pressure on the QB room was lowered a little bit today with the explosion of Freshman Zonovan “BAM” Knight.

Knight was the MVP of the Spring Game, and it wasn’t even close. Gallaspy and Person were a good duo last year, but neither of them possessed the breakaway speed of Nyheim Hines. Knight does. He finished the game with 17 rushes for 139 yards and a touchdown (73-yarder), and also picked up 3 receptions for 26 yards.

There is 0% chance Knight redshirts in the Fall. He will feature prominently in the Wolfpack rush attack.

Redshirt Junior Wide Receiver CJ Riley had sure hands this afternoon, and showed his explosive play ability. Riley finished the game with 6 receptions for 113 yards, with two of his catches going for 35 and 40 yards.

Redshirt Freshman Devin Carter was 2nd on the team with 6 receptions for 60 yards. He looked like Kelvin Harmon on a deep ball, and is a brute for defenders to get to the ground.

Redshirt Sophomore Thayer Thomas didn’t make the trip to Boston College with his baseball teammates to play the Eagles. He had a Spring Game to play in. Thomas finished with 5 receptions for 39 yards and a touchdown, and almost had his hands on a couple of deep balls.

Freshman Keyon Lesane showed that the future is bright at slot receiver, showing off his quick and elusive ability with 4 receptions for 44 yards. With Thomas returning, and Tabari Hines transferring in, I don’t know how much Lesane will be featured in the Fall, but I think the coaches found something special in Lesane.

On the defensive side of the ball, Freshman Defensive Tackle Joshua Harris might have flashed the most in my eyes. He is going to be an extremely successful run stuffer in Raleigh. Harris finished with 7 tackles, which was tied for the team lead.

Sophomore Nickel Tyler Baker Williams had 3 pass breakups.

Sophomore Place Kicker Chris Dunn continues to be one of the Wolfpack fans favorite players on the roster. Not only can he make field goals…he can make them from long distance, splitting the uprights on a 53-yarder this afternoon.

AJ Cole was an excellent punter at NC State, but Redshirt Sophomore Mackenzie Morgan looks like he’s more than capable of filling his shoes. Dude has a boot. Quite a few of Morgan’s punts sailed well over 50 yards, and he was successful on numerous occasions pinning the ball down within the 10-yard line.

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NC State Snap Count Leaders: Week 2

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Below is a breakdown of which NC State players played the most at each position this past Saturday against WVU in the Wolfpack’s 3rd game of the year.

Linebacker 

Junior Louis Acceus – 44

Redshirt Sophomore Isaiah Moore – 44

Redshirt Freshman Payton Wilson – 36

Redshirt Junior Brock Miller – 35

Redshirt Freshman C.J. Hart – 27

Freshman Drake Thomas – 27

Tight End

Redshirt Junior Dylan Autenrieth – 37

Redshirt Junior Cary Angeline -22

Redshirt Junior Dylan Parham – 18

Nickel

Redshirt Senior Stephen Griffin – 38

Sophomore Tyler Baker-Williams – 35

Wide Receiver 

Junior Emeka Emezie – 81

Redshirt Freshman Devin Carter – 79

Redshirt Sophomore Thayer Thomas – 68

Graduate Redshirt Senior Tabari Hines – 35

Freshman Keyon Lesane – 6

Offensive Tackle 

Redshirt Junior Justin Witt – 89

Graduate Redshirt Senior Emanuel McGirt – 59

Freshman Ikem Ekwonu – 33

Offensive Guard 

Junior Joshua Fedd-Jackson – 89

Redshirt Junior Joe Sculthorpe – 76

Redshirt Sophomore Bryson Speas – 13

Strong Safety

Graduate Redshirt Senior Jarius Morehead – 66

Sophomore De’Von Graves – 6

Defensive End

Redshirt Sophomore Ibrahim Kante – 42

Graduate Redshirt Senior Deonte Holden – 24

Freshman Savion Jackson – 17

Redshirt Sophomore Xavier Lyas – 7

Running Back

Freshman Zonovan Knight – 41

Sophomore Ricky Person – 28

Freshman Jordan Houston – 16

Redshirt Freshman Trent Pennix – 4

Free Safety 

Sophomore Tanner Ingle – 72

Cornerback

Junior Chris Ingram – 71

Senior Kishawn Miller – 39

Sophomore Teshaun Smith – 33

Freshman Cecil Powell – 1

Nose Tackle

Redshirt Junior Val Martin – 34

Sophomore Alim McNeil – 34

Quarterback

Redshirt Sophomore Matt McKay – 89

Defensive Tackle 

Redshirt Senior Larrell Murchison – 54

Center

Redshirt Sophomore Grant Gibson – 89

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NC State’s Depth Chart vs. Ball State (with notes)

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NC State released their depth chart for their matchup against Ball State this Saturday night yesterday at Dave Doeren’s weekly press conference.

Notes

  • Last week there was an “OR” between Freshman Timothy McKay and Redshirt Freshman Derrick Eason at Right Tackle, with the former being listed before the latter. This week there is no “OR”, and Eason has jumped over McKay to serve as Redshirt Junior Justin Witt’s backup.
  • Freshman Nose Tackle Joshua Harris was third string on the depth chart last week, but isn’t on it at all this week. He has battled injury, and has yet to see the field through 3 games. The same is true for Freshman Defensive Tackle CJ Clark.
  • There is now an “OR” in between the names of Redshirt Junior Brock Miller and Redshirt Freshman Payton Wilson at the BUCK Linebacker position. Wilson ranks 4th on the team in tackles.
  • Senior Kishawn Miller is now the starter at Left Cornerback. Last week Sophomore Teshaun Smith was at the top of the list, with an “OR” between his name and Miller’s. Miller started the season opener in 2018. He transferred to NC State prior to the 2018 season from Georgia Military College.

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NC State Opens as a 20-Point Favorite Over Ball State

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NC State’s Football team opens as a 20-point favorite over Ball State this weekend. The Wolfpack and the Cardinals will kickoff at 7pm in Carter-Finley Stadium. The Total is sitting at 58.

NC State is 1-1-1 Against the Spread thus far in 2019, and Ball State is 1-2. The Total has gone Over in 2 of the Cardinals’ 3 games, and the Total has gone Under in 2 of the Wolfpack’s 3 games.

NC State is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games Against the Spread at home. Ball State is 2-3 in their last 5 games Against the Spread.

NC State

  • North Carolina State are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games played in week 4.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of North Carolina State’s last 6 games played on a Saturday.

Ball State

  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ball State’s last 5 games.
  • Ball State are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games played in September.
  • Ball State are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games played in week 4. (OddShark)

 

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Dave Doeren’s Press Conference Before Ball State

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Head Coach Dave Doeren met with the media today in his weekly press conference before NC State’s matchup against Ball State on Saturday at 7pm. You can watch it here, or check out the bulleted breakdown below.

  • Obviously disappointed. Not discouraged. Bunch of very upset and mad guys. Very mad and upset coaches. Lot of stuff to fix.
  • Anytime you lose you have to grow and learn from it.
  • Offensively, it was too different halves. 1st…moved the ball well. The first half, I thought we moved the ball well…21 points. 2nd half…6 points…no rhythm.
  • Ran ball efficiently.
  • Too many negative plays.
    • 10 plays in our backfield.
    • 7 tackles for loss.
  • Details
    • Route depth and location.
    • Off an inch.
    • Not quick enough to tuck
    • Not accurate with throws.
  • Red Zone Offense has been really good.
  • Like the way some guys competed.
  • Very good yesterday in meetings.
  • Defensively, we played slow.
    • Didn’t tackle as well as we have.
    • Didn’t contest enough balls, which is something we’ve been doing well.
    • Gave up some stuff that we haven’t been.
    • Weren’t disruptive
    • Not good enough technique.
    • They played fast and their tempo was good. We didn’t adjust to that very well throughout the game.
  • On special teams, the blocked punt was a critical mental error. Should never happen.
  • With all that being said, there was 11 minutes remaining in the game and down by four.
    • We got a stop on defense and had an unfortunate penalty that created that drive to extend.
    • That was a critical point in the game. As bad as we were playing, we had a chance to win and do the right things. We have to play the ball better when the ball is in the air or flags will be thrown when you don’t.
  • Come home this week and play a sold out…black out…night game.
  • Excited about the opportunity this week we have in the community and really nation wide with ‘Set The Expectations.’
    • Brenda Tracey, who is very well known and came here in the spring, and met with our football team and met with all the student athletes.
    • James Smith-Williams and another member of our men’s soccer team joined up and did something with our baseball program in the spring. They have now set up to do the same thing with our football team.
    • They will wear a shirt that advocates her cause. I’m very excited and proud of our guys for wanting to be part of a solution to such a big thing nationally, something we can do to help Brenda and her cause and help our world.
  • Ball State has a really good offense.
  • Obviously, I know a lot about the MAC Conference and the skill level.
  • Quarterback is playing at a high level.
    • 70 percent completion rate
    • Over 1,000 yards in three games
    • 11 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.
  • Balanced offense like us. Almost 50-50. A lot of play-action down the field.
  • Tailback is a tough kid who runs downhill.
  • Four returning starters up front…play fast.
  • Over 80 plays a game offensively.
    • Tempo is going to be something we have to be prepared to play against.
  • Over 30 points a game (37 points).
  • Good football game at home. Good opponent.
  • Defensively sound.
    • Athletic
    • All 4 starters in their secondary are back.
    • Free safety that is 6’4″/220. Makes a lot of plays. Leading tackler in the box. Does a lot of things in the boundary.
    • Will linebacker (No. 6 – Thomas) is very athletic.
    • Boundary End does a really nice job on the edge.
  • Coach has been there a few years.
    • Has played a lot of young guys who are now in their 3rd year.

Matt McKay…

  • Certain things he is doing well.
  • Shouldn’t have called RPO’s on 3rd and 1. That’s on us.
    • Shouldn’t even have him thinking of throwing the ball there.
  • Couple of 3rd downs where he threw a good ball and the ball was dropped.
  • There is a lot that goes into him playing better and he needs to play better.
  • Mad at himself at some of the things that he could do better.
  • What is he doing well?
    • Not turning the football over.
    • Getting guys lined up.
    • Managing the clock well.
  • 3rd college game…1st road game in a loud environment.
    • Did he play great? No, he didn’t.
    • Can he play better? Yes, he can.
  • We have to grow.
    • We’ll have to evolve on offense. We have
    • A lot of new parts with C.J. Riley being out.
  • The other 2 QB’s are practicing well. Have to continue to get them better.
    • Everybody in the program that is in the two or three-deep has to get ready to play.

Position Competitions…

  • Makes people have to practice well because they know that the guy behind them is trying to take their job.
  • It allows you to rotate in games when you are having a lot of reps.
    • That depth is only good if it’s competitive. Want those guys to be able to compete in practice and award them with playing time if they earned it.
    • Something this year we’ve been able to do a lot more than others.

Smith-Williams & Boletepeli…

  • Anticipating them being able to play.

WR flexibility and rotation…

  • Tabari Hines’ has been outside at times. He was outside at the game Saturday.
  • Keyon Lesane was banged up. Now we feel like is getting healthier. Adds another piece.
  • Devin Carter and Emeka Emezie probably played too much. We’ve usually had a little bit more of a rotation in the game.

Kishawn Miller listed as starting CB…

  • He’s one of the hardest workers in our program…not just at corner.
  • Consistent. Competes. Knowledgable.
  • Hard-working performance every snap.
  • Great confidence
  • Communicates well.
  • Been through a lot. Proud of what he’s done as far as his work ethic.
  • There are things he’s got to improve on obviously, but he went into the game and competed.

Disappointing Penalties…

  • Jarius Morehead’s hit out of bounds.
    • He can’t do that.
    • No way he can do that as a Senior.
  • Calvin Hart jumping on a guy on the ground. Can’t do that.

Fan’s and Media’s overreactions…

  • Boo Corrigan’s helped me with this, to his credit.
    • He has been very, very helpful to me.
    • All starts with him, then me, then me to my staff, my staff to my players and our strength staff.
  • 7 days ago everyone was loving everybody…now today everybody isn’t.
    • That’s just sports. As the leader of this program I can’t act like that. We just got to get better.
    • We got hit in the mouth, so we got to get better and hit somebody else in the mouth. That’s football. That’s what happens when you don’t play well. We didn’t.
  • You’re 1 day away from somebody loving you or hating you in this business, that’s just how it is. You sign up for that when you decide to be a college coach.

Level of Competition…

  • It’s a factor. West Virginia’s the fastest team we’ve seen in a long time…since the bowl game. Good team speed. Can’t stimulate those things every day.
  • But that’s not why we lost the football game. It’s not. We just didn’t execute.

 

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